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Workers continue protest as PIA flight operations partially resume

KARACHI/LAHORE: The flight operations of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have partially resumed however a large number of workers are still away from the duties till acceptance of their demands, ARY News reported.

Two PIA flights will bring back pilgrims from Jeddah, while three other flights will also fly from Saudi to take stranded Pakistanis home.

On the other side, several PIA flights could not be taken off due to strike by employees. Sources said PIA offices are still shut.

In a latest statement, PIA’s spokesman Daniyal Gilani said eighteen flights of national flag carrier have reached their destinations since the resumption of flight operation.

Two PIA flights PK-740 and PK-7334 carrying Umrah pilgrims reached Islamabad from Jeddah this morning.

The spokesperson said that the employees of PIA’s head office Karachi have called off the strike and resumed their duties. Employees of PIA in Islamabad have also resumed duties, he claimed.

After resumption of PIA flights operation, first flight from Jeddah, PK-732 has arrived in Karachi while another Jeddah bound flight PK-7355 departed from Islamabad on Monday.

In Islamabad office of PIA, routine work has resumed and all employees are performing their duties.

 

Meanwhile, the government has served notice on 64 PIA employees absent from their duties. the employees include pilots, engineers and general managers.

The PIA employees were killed and several more wounded at Karachi’s international airport on February 2 when clashes broke out between security forces and staff, though authorities denied opening fire.

The strike continues despite prime minister’s warning the demonstration was illegal and those taking part could face up to a year in prison under a law that restricts union activity in state-administered sectors.

 

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